A few weeks ago, I received the diet book CINCH! to look at and test aspects of.  I read it immediately, as most of you know, I am trying to lose some poundage.  I like what this book has to say.  It is an easy read, easy follow, practical plan.  For 5 days, the book calls for a dramatic cleanse, or, cold turkey food eating habit changing, plan.  Now, I have not done the 5 day plan entirely because I am not a huge fan of yogurt or raspberries so I knew 5 days of that was not going to work for me.  

But, in the interest of providing the most honest insight, I did add an incredible amount of spinach, almonds, and eggs into my diet.  These are not the only things I ate, as it would not have been a good combination, but kept me as close as I could be to “keeping it real”.  

I have to tell you, I am glad I did.  Not necessarily for dramatic weight loss, but for the fact that I have now re- fallen in love with spinach and eggs!  In fact, the breakfast highlighted in the first 5 days of the plan, the egg and spinach scramble, has become my morning staple.  It is that good and easy to make and easy to stick to!  

I have lost about 2 pounds in a little over a week.  It is not the 8 pounds that the cover boasts, but considering I did not really follow the first 5 day plan, I am pretty happy with my results.  I suspect, based on what the book asks a person to do, that is entirely possible to lose that much weight in a week!  I know, from past diets, that it is not an unachievable claim at all!  

After the 5 days, the book calls for a 25 day plan that helps you relearn to eat healthily and continue to curb cravings!  I am attempting parts of that now, and have to say, the Black Bean Tacos with Cilantro – Jalapeño Guacamole are UNBELIEVABLE!  I may just be addicted soon!

I would say, for a diet book that is out there competing in a very cramped niche, this book is a great start!  Especially for someone looking to make a dramatic change in their dietary habits and learn some really great recipes that are healthy and beneficial!  Ms. Sass’s theories are clear, her explanations understandable, and expertise is apparent.

Find below more information on the book and the author:

Cynthia Sass, the creator and co-author of the New York Times Bestselling Flat Belly Diet presents her new break-through, 30-day weight loss program Cinch! targeted to end overeating, leaving dieters feeling full and satisfied while enjoying the best food combinations to burn fat andboost metabolism.
The program starts with the 5-day Fast Forward plan that ends erratic eating by focusing on five simple foods—spinach, almonds, raspberries, eggs, and yogurt (or vegan-friendly alternatives)—eaten in a variety of combinations. These first 5 days promise up to 8 pounds of weight loss. Each of the five foods is low in calories yet loaded with nutrients and natural satiety-boosters, which allows you to “detox” from junk foods without feeling deprived.

The remaining 25 days of the program are packed with foods that offer maximum fat-burningimproving metabolism while unlocking the secret to the body’s satiety center with foods that the latest research shows turn on the body’s “I’m full” signal. As in Flat Belly Diet, all of the meals for the full 30-day program are created for you and are fully interchangeable. As an added feature, vegan and vegetarian options are covered so the plan can be adapted to fit any lifestyle.

Cynthia is also the Weight Loss Blogger for Shape magazine.